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Evaluation of a Private Cloud for Higher Education
Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Information Technology, Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, Department of Computer and Information Science.
2013 (English)MasteroppgaveStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

In modern day research and education there is a constant need for dedicated server installations, both for permanent and for temporary use by the research staff and by students. Typically there is need for access to computational power, network connectivity and specialized software. The classical solution for this problem is to delegate physical hardware for all of these needs. This is unpractical and results in an inefficient use of hardware, electricity and administrative resources. A self-service virtualization system could benefit these institutions by making computing resources more easily available to its students and researchers, and by improving the utilization of hardware resources. In this project we identify the requirements for such a system, by installing and configuring a prototype private cloud solution for students at the Department of Computer and Information Science. The solution we've chosen is based on OpenStack, an open source cloud operating system. The implementation is evaluated through monitoring over a four month period and through surveys. We suggest an approach for implementing a permanent solution, and highlight challenges that need to be considered. Our experimentation has shown that OpenStack is a suitable system for implementing a private cloud solution, even though the project is still under heavy development. Through our surveys and user feedback we can determine that a user demand for virtualization service exists.

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Institutt for datateknikk og informasjonsvitenskap , 2013. , 100 p.
URN: urn:nbn:no:ntnu:diva-22250Local ID: ntnudaim:7103OAI: diva2:648705
Available from: 2013-09-16 Created: 2013-09-16 Last updated: 2013-09-16Bibliographically approved

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